Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Dress Function - The Sacred Church Dress

The Sacred Church Dress

Judson.....sweet potatoes or yogurt

There is a struggle at each mealtime. A struggle with what one wants and what one gets. For my youngest boy that means...do I get to eat what I LOVE...or, do I have to eat what I dislike.

More often than not, it's a vegetable or a fruit that he would rather do without. But then there is that special meal where the yogurt flows like honey.

Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo

Yet another book to warn your loved ones about.

Tim Challies reviews Heaven is for Real

He sums it up nicely with:
"So reject this book. Do not read it. Do not believe it. And do not feel guilty doing so."

You are in danger!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

False Guilt and The Sympathy Card

“Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”

- Matthew 5:11-12 KJV

I recommend reading this article: The Bible Post blog

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Changing Diapers in Christian Faith

via the Girl Talk Blog

Today was the same as yesterday, which was the same as the day before that, and so on--for about as long as I can remember now. I changed diapers, made lunches, put toys away, corrected bad attitudes, prayed for ouchies, and imagined what it would feel like to take a really long nap. The days are long and the days are ordinary; and sometimes I lose sight of an eternal perspective. But this quote from Martin Luther on Justin Taylor's blogbrought me fresh encouragement today. It is written to fathers but applies all the more to us moms:

Now observe that when that clever harlot, our natural reason . . . , takes a look at married life, she turns up her nose and says, “Alas, must I rock the baby, wash its diapers, make its bed, smell its stench, stay up nights with it, take care of it when it cries, heal its rashes and sores. . . ?” [LW 45:39]

What then does Christian faith say to this? It opens its eyes, looks upon all these insignificant, distasteful, and despised duties in the Spirit, and is aware that they are all adorned with divine approval as with the costliest gold and jewels. It says, O God, because I am certain that thou hast created me as a man and hast from my body begotten this child, I also know for a certainty that it meets with thy perfect pleasure. I confess to thee that I am not worthy to rock the little babe or wash its diapers, or to be entrusted with the care of the child and its mother. How is it that I, without any merit, have come to this distinction of being certain that I am serving thy creature and thy most precious will? O how gladly will I do so, though the duties should be even more insignificant and despised. Neither frost nor heat, neither drudgery nor labor, will distress or dissuade me, for I am certain that it is thus pleasing in thy sight. . . . God, with all his angels and creatures is smiling—not because the father is washing diapers, but because he is doing so in Christian faith.[LW 45:39-40]